Green Practices Distance Learning

Overview: Students will participate in learning, research, and project completion with the purpose of understanding green practices and environmental responsibility. This event's post-activities are focused around problem-based learning.

Activities will begin virtually at the North Carolina Zoo and culminate in the classroom as either whole-class or small group/individual activities. Then, projects will be shared with the Zoo and winning projects will be highlighted on North Carolina Zoo website. Prizes are possible!


Date of Event: January 23, 2019


Designed For: Middle School and High Schools Students (see NC Standard Course of Study alignments below)



  • The student will be able to identify and define sustainability practices for environmental protection.

  • The student will be able to create plans for environmental sustainability practices in their own “backyard.”

  • The student will be able to craft persuasive and argumentative texts in reference to environmental sustainability practices.


To Register: This event has past, the recording is posted below.


Teacher Information (All Grades):

In order to set the foundation/stage for the Green Practices live/interactive event, students should have a basic understanding of what Green Practices are, their effects on their personal environment as well as that of their county, state, nation, and world.

Use the information found on the Zoo’s website to inform yourself of what the Zoo is currently or has been doing to practice green responsibility: North Carolina Zoo Conservation Practices.

Determine your goals for your class. Use the objectives listed above to decide what you’ll focus on for the duration of the project and interaction. There are many opportunities to create a cross-curricular event and experience for students. Consider teaming up with another content-area teacher.

This first experience will begin with the live distance learning event at the North Carolina Zoo. Students will be given a “tour” of the Zoo’s practices with specific attention on composting, constructed wetlands, and UNITE for the Environment’s conservation projects (our Ugandan conservation education project).

Guides for watching the event: 

Suggested Activities Prior to Live Event

The following activities are offered as suggestions to engage students’ prior knowledge and prepare them for their virtual trip to the North Carolina Zoo to learn about Green Practices. After their trip, students will be encouraged to complete a Green Practices project. See the Post-Event suggestions for details.

  • Encourage students to choose from the Green Practices based on their personal interest. Students should identify questions they have and thoughts around how they could create a project based on the practice they choose.

  • Research laws and regulations around environmental and green practices especially based on one of the Zoo’s projects. Determine which companies, organizations might be helpful in researching or talking.

  • Identify a need in your immediate community in the realm of environmental responsibility. Provide opportunity for students to discuss a potential solution and draft goals, questions, and needs for the solution. See Edutopia’s PBL site for ideas and background information.


Post-Event Activity Suggestions

  • Tree Planting – Classes can participate in planting trees at their school or in their community. Research trees that would be beneficial for the area in which the school is located. Report on the process and research.

  • Create a single-use plastic reduction pledge - Have students sign the pledge and then report what they are doing. 

  • Green Schools Activities from Project Learning Tree - There are many free resources once an account is created:

    Students can complete some of the investigations. One suggestion is to complete some of the audits in the school building, at home, etc. Report on the findings.

  • PBL project - Using the PBL format, students (individual or group) will create a science-fair-like presentation. The goal is to complete a project whether to be shared in person or digitally. Students will identify real-world, relevant means of working within the Green Practices theme so that they can affect change in their immediate environment. Topics can be drawn from the visit to the zoo or from student interest.


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Here is the recording of our Living with Nature - Green Practices. Unfortunately there were some sound and video issues with this recording. We have worked to correct these issues with all future events.